Qamishli, Syria− After taking over the town of Margada in Hasaka province, members of the al-Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) advanced on Tuesday towards the rebels-held town of al-Sour in Deir ez-Zor countryside.
Ammar Abdulrahman, civil rights activist, told ARA News that ISIL members advanced towards al-Sour town in a try to broaden area of domination in Syria’s northeast.
“ISIL members used tanks and heavy weapons while targeting the silos and the outskirts of al-Sour town,” said Abdulrahman. “This coincided with continuous clashes and shelling between ISIL opposition fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) over the last two days.”
According to local sources, members of ISIL group are stationed in the villages of al-Raqqay, al-Diwejeh, al-Wasee’a, Janah, Western Sa’da, al-Miwelih, and al-Hisein −which saw fierce clashes between ISIL and FSA rebels.
“At least seven ISIL militants were killed in the clashes after being besieged by several FSA battalions,” Abdulrahman added.
Meanwhile, an ISIL suicider blew himself up in the village of al-Ashetih, killing a number of civilians. The clashes claimed lives of three other civilians in the village of Miwelih on Sunday, according to local sources.
On the other hand, the Islamist group of Jabhat al-Nusra −which backs the FSA against ISIL− announced on Monday that two of its prominent leaders were killed during the recent clashes. Abu Dujana al-Zir and Abu Yaqoub al-Tunisi were killed by ISIL fighters, according to al-Nusra-linked media sources.
Reporting by: Judi Aziz
Source: ARA News
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